If you have been considering applying for a pardon in Connecticut, you will have a few different options. On this page, I will explain the different types of pardons that are available in Connecticut. Reviewing this information will help you figure out which pardon(s) you are eligible and which is right for you. Read on for more information.
Types of Pardons
You can apply for an expungement pardon, or a provisional pardon in Connecticut. An expungement pardon applies to your entire criminal history. If granted, your whole criminal history will get expunged, or erased.
A provisional pardon is another pardon option in Connecticut. The provisional pardon applies simply to your ability to get a job. This type of pardon shows a potential employer that you are employable, even though you have a criminal history. An employer cannot deny you employment based on your criminal history if you have received a provisional pardon. Pardon eligibility will depend on which pardon you want to apply for.
If you are a prisoner sentenced for eight years or more, you must serve at least four years before applying for a pardon. In sentences of less than eight years, at least one half of the term must be served, but in no event can the actual time served be less than 18 months. The Board does not count pre sentence incarceration time.
Expungement Pardon Eligibility
Not everyone can apply for an expungement pardon. It is better to determine if you are eligible before you apply so that you don’t risk wasting your time and money. If you are interested in applying for an expungement pardon, review the eligibility requirements below:
- You can apply for an expungement pardon three years after the date of a misdemeanor conviction.
- You can apply for an expungement pardon five years after the date of a felony conviction.
- Don’t apply until you are off of probation/parole.
- You cannot have any nolle within the last thirteen months.
If you do not meet the requirements mentioned above, wait until you do before you apply for the expungement pardon.
If you believe that you are eligible for a pardon, but you need help applying, you can contact my office. At Ruane Attorneys, we handle pardon cases and can help you with the process. We can help you fill out paperwork, keep your documents organized, and prepare for the pardon hearing. We will be with you every step of the way to make sure that you do everything the right way. For more information about pardon representation, contact us at 203-925-9200.